Original released in 1997, the Pentax MZ-50 was designed to be a full-featured autofocus 35mm SLR with point-and-shoot simplicity in its automatic mode. It's an excellent choice for a beginner in film photography who wants a camera that won't hold them back as their skills improve.
For the absolute beginner this camera offers something called the 'Green Operation Mode' (a green smiley face) where the camera operates as a pure point-and-shoot, taking care of all the decisions for you. In addition there are dedicated automatic modes for: portrait; landscape; close-up/macro; and action.
When you need more creative control, the camera also offers conventional aperture-priority and shutter-priority auto-exposure modes as well as a full manual mode. In addition it lets you override the DX code and manually set the film ISO (handy for shooting expired film or if you bulk load your own film cassettes).
The included Promaster 28-105mm F4 lens is a very versatile and compact zoom.
This camera requires two CR2 batteries (available as an option).
Condition notes We tested the camera and all its modes with batteries and film installed (we did not process the film) and everything is working correctly. We also verified all shutter speeds show very good accuracy and travel symmetry. The included lens is good condition as well. The camera is in very cosmetic condition (see photos). Manual https://www.cameramanuals.org/pentax_pdf/pentax_mz-50.pdf